Divorce is never easy for families, but it appears Connor and Isabella Cruise may have had it a little bit harder then most children.
According to the Vanity Fair cover story penned by Maureen Orth, it make one allegation – among so many others – that members of the Church of Scientology turned both kids against their mom Nicole Kidman, after she and Tom Cruise ended their 11-year marriage in 2001.
"The central problem [in the marriage] was Nicole did not want to deal with Scientology," former high-ranking Scientologist Marty Rathbun tells the magazine.
After the former Mrs. Cruise parted from the marriage and the Church, Isabella was eight and Connor was six at the time. It has been claimed that the 'Days Of Thunder' actress became a 'suppressive person', someone to be avoided. In the article, the church were accused of planting seeds against their mother.
"They rejected Nicole – they've been instructed," says John Brousseau, a former Scientologist for 32-years and the ex-bodyguard and brother-in-law to church head honcho David Miscavige. (He was Tom Cruise's best man for his 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes.)
Connor and Isabella were both home-schooled, and spent time allegedly attending auditing sessions with their movie star father, now 50, as they were taught to recognize an “S.P.,” Rathbun and Brousswau tell the magazine.
Connor and Isabella with their now ex-stepmom Katie Holmes and dad Tom Cruise in 2006 (splashnews.com)
"They took a course, P.T.S./S.P., Potential Trouble Source/Suppressive Person, for persons connected in their lives who are an S.P.," Brousseau says. "[Bella and Connor] whispered to me, 'J.B., Nicole is an S.P.! Our mom's an S.P. – we hate going and seeing her.'"
In Orth’s controversial story, sources claim that Kidman was so shunned-upon within the Church that members were told to bypass her movies.
"The Scientology world hated Nicole," Brousseau, who left the Church two years ago, says. "People in Sea Org were mandated to see every freaking Tom Cruise movie that came out. But if you ever mentioned an inkling to see a movie with Nicole, oh my God, you'd hear about it."
The Church of Scientology said in a statement earlier this week that the Vanity Fair story is "hogwash."
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